NATO has selected Sopra Steria to deliver a transformational logistics programme. The Logistics Functional Service programme will provide improved interoperability across multiple functions, utilising existing platforms and open systems.
Sopra Steria, a European leader in digital transformation, has been selected by NATO to deliver the Logistics Functional Services (LOGFS) programme. The service will deliver interoperable logistics capabilities across multiple functions including mission planning, asset and consignment management, medical support and movement and transportation planning.
Extremely comprehensive in nature, the LOGFS programme is key to NATO's long term goal to transform logistics chain management and will deliver operational, technical, management and financial benefits. The system will enable authorised staff to view and manipulate accurate logistics data, information and images in a modern Geographic Information Systems (GIS) environment.
It will enable NATO forces to plan their resources effectively and collaboratively, respond rapidly to fast changing situations, and provide better support for troops in theatre. For example, it will provide the capability to control the movement and enable tracking of NATO assets, thereby enabling accurate and effective planning. It will support collaboration between NATO national forces through the timely sharing of accurate logistics information. It will deliver accurate patient information and tracking to medical teams which will support medical evacuation from the point of wounding to the home base.
Sopra Steria's approach to the LOGFS architecture uses Service Orientated Architecture (SOA), supporting Coalition IT interoperability and re-use of existing platforms. It will utilise commercial off the shelf (COTS) products which address NATO's requirements and offer benefits in terms of the total cost of ownership. The system will deliver full integration into NATO's suite of back-end services and systems. It will fully support NATO's security policies and standards.
Sopra Steria brings a wealth of experience of delivering complex Defence Logistics programmes across Europe and will be working to deliver this contract in partnership with a team of experts in specific fields:
- IABG from Germany – offering systems security expertise in the NATO context and specialist training services
- Teamnet from Romania – bringing medical information expertise
- ILIAS Solutions from Belgium – providers of engineering and asset management capability
- Quantum Research International from USA – bringing expertise in defence information systems and consulting services
- Luciad from Belgium – offering Geographic Information Systems knowledge
- Savi Technology from USA – offering standard-based assets tracking and consignment equipment
Bert Tiems, Service Line Chief for Service Support and Business Applications, NATO Communications and Information Agency, said: "Our absolute priority with the LOGFS programme is to support NATO's commands and nations to achieve a more collective approach to logistics on NATO missions."
John Torrie, Sopra Steria Deputy CEO said, "NATO is a very important client for Sopra Steria as a Group. We have a strong track record of successful delivery of complex defence systems across Europe, deploying a truly collaborative approach. Our technical solution will bring innovation to NATO whilst making good use of the existing NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) investment. We have an experienced team from across NATO nations which will deliver the solution to meet NATO's current and future operational demands."